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What's the difference between chronic alcoholism and regular drinking?

What's the difference between chronic alcoholism and regular drinking?

Abuse vs dependence: Regular drinking of 1-2 drinks might be healthful. More than 4 can cause harm and would be called abuse. Dependence comes with tolerance (needing more to get high), and withdrawal sx (am shakes, anxiety, insomnia, seizures and brain damage). Chronic use can lead to b vitamin deficiency and relative malnutrition as alcohol has empty calories. This can cause sudden and permanent brain damage. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

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I've heard alcoholism described as an illness/disease. What is the difference?

I've heard alcoholism described as an illness/disease. What is the difference?

Semantics: An illness is a disease. What they mean is that research supports aa's belief that the cause is physiological, like diabetes although there is a psychological component and some learned patterns, an addiction is an illness. If you are addicted you cannot just drink socially now and then. To recover you need to abstain forever. ...Read more

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What's the difference between alcoholism and alcohol dependence?

What's the difference between alcoholism and alcohol dependence?

They're the same: I have heard it said that only the person with alcohol dependency can call themselves an alcoholic. They both mean the same thing and involve a loss of control of alcohol in a person's life associated with impaired functioning. There are effective treatments available. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse?

Can you tell me the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse?

Nomenclature: Alcoholism is a disease which may be ctive (drinking) or remission (sobriety). Alcohol abuse refers to the act of drinking excessively which would imply alcoholism. ...Read more

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What are the differences between alcoholism and drug addiction?

What are the differences between alcoholism and drug addiction?

The drug used: Alcoholism is a layman's term which is commonly given to persons addicted to alcohol. The term drug addition is used for any addiction to a drug which is not alcohol. In medical practice, we usually name the specific drug the person is addicted to in our record. The treatments are all similar, except for the detoxification phase were the specific drug makes a significant difference. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism all bad?

Is alcoholism all bad?

Nothing Good: Alcoholism damages the body, destroys the liver, weaknes the heart and cause dementia. These are the three major organs to sustain life. It also destroys relationships and work productivity. So I am sorry but i cannot find anything good in this. If you are using alcohol as a sedative or pain reliever there are better alternatives. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a disease?

Is alcoholism a disease?

Alcoholism a disease: Alcoholism a disease due to: Short Term Health Risks •Motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, •Homicide, Suicide, Sexual assaultAlcohol Poisoning •Risky sexual behaviors leading to pregnancy or STD Long Term Health Risks •High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease •Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon •Memory problems, DementiaDepression, Anxiety ...Read more

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What is done for alcoholism?

What is done for alcoholism?

Treatment: Behavior methods have been successful in helping many become sober and reducing risk of relapse. First step is to approach your doctor and assess the impact on your brain and body. Then obtain treatment referrals. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism be inherited?

Can alcoholism be inherited?

Yes: Having one parent with alcoholism increases one's chances of having this problem. Your chances increase if both parents are alcoholic. Being aware of this and avoiding drinking too much will help. It may be best to figure out a way to have a happy life without having to drink at all. There are lots of very happy people who do not drink. (like me). Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How is alcoholism dangerous?

How is alcoholism dangerous?

Alcoholism Health Ri: Short Term Health Risks •Motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, •Homicide, Suicide, Sexual assaultAlcohol Poisoning •Risky sexual behaviors leading to pregnancy or STDMiscarriage and stillbirth Long Term Health Risks •High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease •Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon •Memory problems, DementiaDepression, Anxiety ...Read more

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What are symptoms of alcoholism?

What are symptoms of alcoholism?

Withdrawal and drinking despite negative consequences: When someone drinks depite negative consequences. If alchohol "calls " them and/or they have withdrawal when they stop. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is alcoholism?

A serious one.: Alcoholism is a disease that affects mind, body & spirit. One loses control of alcohol use, is preoccupied w alcohol & continues to drink alcohol in spite of problems related to it's use. One may drink more than intended & over time may need to drink larger amounts of alcohol to obtain the same effect. Attempts to cut down on use or to stop use may have been unsuccessful. Alcoholism creates > ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Alcoholism?

What are the symptoms of Alcoholism?

Alcoholism Symptoms: Alcoholism affects body and mind leading to symptoms, diseases and disorders. Medical symptoms and conditions due to: •GI Disorders •High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease •Cancer of, mouth, throat, liver, and colon. •Delirium •Memory problems, Dementia Psychiatric Symptoms and conditions due to: •Psychotic Disorder, Homicide •Depression, SuicideAnxiety Disorder, Insomnia ...Read more

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Can I die from alcoholism if I ignore it?

Alcohol and death : Absolutely you can die. Alcoholism adversely affects every organ in the body except the kidneys. It also affects families, relationships and employment. If one can't control their drinking, there is help out there. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Have you tried medications for alcoholism ?

Have you tried medications for alcoholism ?

YES HAVE PRESCRIBED: There are two approaches ; 1. To reduce cravings using either Campral or naltrxone or 2. The deterrent Antabuse (disulfiram) that only reacts if you are exposed to alcohol. The deterrent works by blocking the breakdown of alcohol with a build up of one of the metabolites and this leads to nausea, vomiting, and elevated blood pressure. Varying response rates to these to be honest. Have to really want it! ...Read more

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Why are there racial disparities in regards to alcoholism?

Historically...: ... In populations that have had access to alcohol for thousands of years, persons with genetic tendency toward alcoholism were likely start drinking as children, and to die young, therefore unlikely to reproduce, breeding this sensitivity out of the population. Groups to whom alcohol was introduced only a few hundred years ago have not had time to do that. ...Read more

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How to treat alcoholism?

Alcoholism: If you haven't lost control over the use of alcohol, treatment may involve reducing your drinking. If you're dependent on alcohol, simply cutting back is ineffective. Giving up alcohol entirely must be part of your treatment goal. There are many ways to treat alcoholism, including aa, counseling, residential treatment programs, medications (antabuse, naltrexone, campral). ...Read more

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How do I overcome alcoholism?

How do I overcome alcoholism?

Join AA: Follow their protocol, work with other members. There are meds available to curb craving, and you could discuss with your doctor. Some psychiatrists and psychologists deal with addictive personalities, and may be very helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism make me sterile?

Can alcoholism make me sterile?

Yes: Drinking too much alcohol can affect your fertility. Alcoholism can affect the hormone system of your body, as well as affect the nutrition that you get out of food. These effects may resolve after you stop drinking, or they may become permanent. However, you should not count on alcohol making you sterile or impossible to father or conceive a child. Also, you should not drink while pregnant. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for alcoholism?

No: Alcohol can produce physical and psychological dependance. While there is no cure of alcoholism, treatments do exist. Psychological counselling and support (aa for example) along with medications can help. Acamprosate can decrease the relapse rate. Disulfiram produces severe nausea when alcohol is ingested and makes drinking unpleasant. Naltrexone can decrease the craving for alcohol. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more